Soil Based Organisms ~ Trending

What is Soil based Organisms?

From farm to table has taken a whole, new meaning. A new, healthy, earthy trend has gone main stream. What exactly is “soil-based organisms” type food? In a nutshell, soil based (probiotics) plants/vegetables are combined with organic (preboiotics) soil and produces soil based organism -carrots- for example. No more peeling carrots. High end restaurants like Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark and restaurants in Switzerland, add dirt directly or indirectly to their menu. Reindeer Moss (below) is good earthy food. In Switzerland, forest soil dug about 3 feet below the surface, combined with Swiss chocolate and grilled on a rock is a delightful snack! I actually remember my mom baking dirt in the oven (sterilizing soil). No, it was not dinner. She used it in the garden.

We are better off getting our probiotic bacteria from dirt than from foods like yogurt (a probiotic food). Yogurt is good. However, think about diversifying. Good gut bacteria thrive and increases your microbiome (healthy bacteria).

Is it Safe?

The answer is yes. Clean soil is preferred. e.g. organic rich soil with many nutrients. Remember, the food you eat alters you DNA. Science tells us “You are not the DNA or genes you had a birth. ” as Dr. Dean Ornish has discovered and shared with us.

MY STORY: I made roast duck with pickled turnip, radicchio and cabbage slaw with a side of roasted ‘dirty’ carrots. The carrots was an unexpected delight. The diced carrot tops sit on top of the grilled carrots -unbelievably delicious! Do not throw out the carrot tops.

Grilled ‘Dirty’ Carrots Recipe

Grilled 'Dirty' Carrots

  • Servings: 3-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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•  3 lbs of carrots with carrot tops
•   garlic
•  Butter
•   3 tablespoons of olive oil
•   1 tsp. salt

Preheat over to 400 degrees F. (200C)
•   Rinse carrots without pealing the outer skin. Scrub off the major dirt with water.
•   Cut off the green carrot tops and chop like herbs to add on top of the carrots
•   Cut carrots in half. Toss with 1\2 butter and 1\2 olive oil and place on an oven safe skillet and brown (about 6-8 minutes). Add garlic and stir until fragrant; another 2-3 minutes. Salt carrots and place in the oven and roasted until soft. But, enough bite to stay firm. (about 20 minutes)
•   Add chopped carrot tops (chimichurri) over the carrots and extra on the side.
Carrot Top (Chimichurri) RECIPE
•   Green carrot tops
•   Cilantro – 1 cup clopped -no stems (leaves only)
•   2 Garlic cloves(grate -hand mix or use whole -in food processor)
•   1 TBSP. Dried oregano
•   1 1/2 TBSP. Red wine vinegar
•   3/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
•   1 tsp. kosher salt
Mix all ingredients together in a food processor or by hand. Pour oil at the end slowly in your food processor. [Store up to 4 days in fridge]

NOTE: Your cilantro will not taste ‘soapy’ if you do not chop the stems of the cilantro for this carrot-top chimichurri.

SPRING Planting Ideas

Soil based herbs like basil is grown in organic (prebiotic) soil. This spring, grow your soil based organisms!

Soil Based

Bold, fresh, organic herbs straight from the living plant. An organic living herb plant is grown in organic soil for the best flavor. Keep them watered on your kitchen counter, clip as needed, and liven up any meal.

Bacteria that live in our bodies (sometimes referred to as the “microbiome“). The gut microbiome (located in the large and small intestines) makes vitamin K along with processing your food and promoting overall body health.

LISTEN To This Podcast

Beyond FODMAPS have various podcasts on any health topics that are worth a LISTEN! –>>>

Beth says, “Know food facts from fiction.” Build YOUR personal, healthiest diet!

Good Bacteria vs. Bad bacteria

Good bacteria in your body protects you from various allergies and dis-eases. Scientists explore and study all bacteria. Good bacteria is found in green, orange, purple, red and yellow vegetables and fruit. At restaurants like Noma, flowers, moss and mushrooms are served daily. Whatever is in season. It is the way to healthy living; the best road to travel.

Three Michelin Stars

NOMA team rest after a hike near Kyoto, Japan

Fast forward to 2022 – Noma has finally received its Third Michelin Star, and has again topped the list of the World’s 50 Top restaurants. Reservations during vegetable season will be announced Feb 27, 2023 NOMA: Noma is going world wide with some pop-up restaurants as it closes their doors in Copenhagen on Dec. 2024. The pop-ups serve samples of culinary delights from the Noma kitchen lab. Buy infused vinegar online. More to come!

Noma travels to Kyoto, Japan

Hassun in Japanese means ‘excite’!

Hassun – served in Japan is a series of small plates that are presented in front of you in unison as a reflection of what’s in season in the mountain, in the grasslands, in the ocean.
HASSUN ..the NOMA way—the first grouping of dishes on the menu – small bites to enjoy at Noma. (appetizer or even for an entree -no distinction)

 Noma serves from 6’oclock:
– Fresh yuba with wild greens
– Koji and red ginger
– Dried tomato and roses
– Cherry Leaf with black garlic
– Pollen and tomato

The Noma team is planning to be back in Japan in November, 2023.


Good Luck Soup 🍀

SHAMROCKS 🍀, leprechauns and green hats, shirts and green beer. On March 17th. the Irish and as it seems the rest of English speaking world celebrate St. Patrick’s life with green beer, bacon and cabbage. St Patrick (c. 385 – c. 461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

March is the month of good luck and good wishes.

My cauldron may not be filled with gold. It is filled with GOOD LUCK SOUP🍀! Here’s hoping!

Good Luck Soup is traditionally served on New Year’s day. This soup is enjoyed during St Patrick’s day celebrations.

Collard greens represents financially prosperity. Black-eyed peas is the symbol of prosperity brought to us from the shores of Africa to their U.S. counterparts.

Good Luck Soup

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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•  Chop the collards first.1-2 bunches of collard greens ( You decide how much you want – more is good)
•   1 large onion (or 2 medium onions).
•   5 cloves of garlic
•   3 tablespoons of olive oil
•   1 tsp. chili powder
•   1 tbsp. smoked paprika (heaping)
•   2 tsp cumin seeds (smash, do not grind)
•   1 tbsp. cinnamon (heaping)
•   10-15 green or white cardamon pods*
•   2-3 14-16 fl oz drained cans black eyed peas [baby Lima beans, navy beans, cannellini beans, chick peas ]Mix ‘n Match
•   1 can crushed tomatoes with 2 (tomato) cans of water
•   3 tsp pink Himalayan salt
•   A handful of chopped cilantro (or parsley) about 1/2 cup
(add 2 diced carrots for color plus one chopped turnip or yellow carrot).

•   Rinse and chop collards (Rip or cut out the hard center stem). Assemble and mix your dry spices in one bowl
•   Add oil to your dutch oven (or heavy pot). Add chopped onions, heat until translucent. Add spices and mix quickly.
•   Add chopped garlic and blend together. [ Add more oil if ingredients start to dry up ].
•   Add 2 cans of drained black-eyed peas (or mixed beans) Optional: Add a third can for extra luck!
•   Add chopped collards [collards are different sizes. Make sure your ratio is good. About 50:50; collards:beans]
•   Add chopped carrots+ turnip and 1 can of tomatoes + 2 cans of water. (more water if soup looks more like a stew)
•   Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.
•   Add pink salt and chopped cilantro in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
•   Optional: Add about 1 tsp. of thyme, rosemary and/or 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes.

We need as much luck and joy as we can get. Good Luck Soup can by eaten all year round not just on January 1st. or St. Patrick’s Day. If you have a smidgen of faith or a lot of faith enjoy this “lucky” soup all year around, and may your wishes and good fortune follow you!


Banana Bread ~ in a Blender

Gluten-free, dairy free banana bread.”

Let’s reinvent a great classic. Trending!
🍌 Banana Bread 🍌 made in a blender!

Top down: This blender banana bread has yogurt, peanut butter and coconut powder with brown Monk Fruit. NO CANE SUGAR!

Cut your banana bread into a heart shapes on Valentines day..💘.. Your family and friends will love it! ~ The extras you do! A great breakfast treat.

Banana Bread~ in A Blender

  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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(1) 2 cups old-fashioned oats
(2) 2-3 bananas ( about 1 cup)
(3) 2 large eggs
(4) 1 teaspoon baking soda
(5) 1/4 cup maple syrup = 4 tbsp. [standard] [some people use 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce]
Note: I added 2 Tbsp of brown monk fruit & One loaf without any added sweetener (optional)
(6) ¼ teaspoon Fine Grain Sea Salt
(7) Add complimentary spices (below)
SPICES1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon (+ a dash of nutmeg)
2 tablespoons of flax seeds, slightly crushed in a mortar and pestle
2-4 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)
1    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 9×5-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2     Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and well combined. ( you can have some chunks of banana)
Be sure not to over blend. If the batter is over blended, it will start to warm and cook the oats which prevents the loaf from baking into a bread-like texture. It will have the texture of oatmeal if the oats start cooking before you bake the bread.)
3     Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (If the top of the loaf is browned, but the center is not baked all the way through yet, simply cover the top with foil and let the loaf continue to bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.)TOPPERS: walnuts, banana slices, coconut flakes, cranberry and lemon zest. You can also add these toppers to the batter itself

Let loaf cool completely in loaf pan. Store bread in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Do Not Over Blend The Batter!

If the batter is over blended, it will start to warm and cook the oats which prevents the loaf from baking into a bread-like texture.
If the oats start cooking before you bake the bread, you will end up with the texture of oatmeal–> gooey gummy bread.

Keep an eye on your baking. Rotate bread halfway through cooking. If it’s too brown, you can still save the day. Covered the top of the bread with tin foil and back in the oven. Check for doneness when inserting a toothpick in the bread and the toothpick comes out clean.

You can even make banana bread muffins!

Blender:> Banana Bread ~ Muffins ~ Choc. & Peanut Butter Chips Added

Cinnamon Swirl Recipe

INGREDIENTS:Add 2-3 tbsp of butter, 3 tbsp. brown monks fruit, 2-3 tbsp. of cinnamon. The proportions is up to you. If you want a heavy swirl or a light swirl.

METHOD: Add 2 inches of batter in your baking container, followed by dollops of cinnamon. Swirl it around with a knife. REPEAT for the next two layers.

VARIATIONS:You can even add cardamom, chopped dates, figs or walnuts in your swirl.

The amount of cinnamon is up to you! But, don’t go overboard. Note: You can swirl with peanut butter (2-4 tablespoons)

For pumpkin blender bread, you only need to exchange the bananas with a 15 oz can pure pumpkin and you standard pumpkin spices. 15oz or about 2 cups of apples is a great substitute for bananas, and goes well with cinnamon.

VARIATION: Cut banana bread slices in half and toast in the oven for delicious biscotti! Dip 1/3 of each piece in dark chocolate and place on a cooling rack.

FREEZER Friendly: Slice frozen banana bread. Pop in the toaster. They taste amazingly fresh

To My Cat Friends: This is the only sugar I need!

Gourmet Soup-In-A-Jar


I wanted a healthy home made soup for busy, lazy, opportunistic people who live for nutritional food. The Soup-In-A-Jar! was my answer. No more chopping vegetables and preparing all the ingredients for a great soup.

Here are some of my favourite jar soups, I would like to share with you and a dozen mason jars.

🧄 My garlic soup was inspired by a successful garlic farmer–> 30 Garlic Clove Soup. I needed fresh grilled garlic for this masterpiece. How do I put this magic in a jar? I will make it with dry garlic. First, I must buy a case of garlic! ;). Maybe roast some before dehydration?

As I entered the foray of jarred soup, they turned out to be delicious!



  • Servings: 6-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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2/3 cup orange lentils
2/3 cup red or French green (Puy) lentils
1 tablespoon turmeric
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (or plain paprika)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon dried onions -minced
1 teaspoon dried garlic granules
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (1 tsp. – for a hot version)
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger (1 tsp. powdered ginger)
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ tsp grated nutmeg
6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 small dried chile pepper
A dash of salt -added at the end of cooking
I tablespoon dried tomatoes (optional)
(have coconut milk and vegetable stock ready for the cooking process)
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup black forbidden rice -adds a flare of colour to your layers. One dried hot pepper on top.

Add vegetable stock to a sauce pan, plus all remaining ingredients and one 14-ounce can of coconut milk. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove and discard the chile pepper before serving. GARNISH: Cilantro or Fresh Mint. Season to taste. (This is the time to add salt). If you do not have coconut mil use ¼ cup Coconut (shredded). NOTE: You may add 1/4 cup of coconut powder to the jar instead of canned coconut milk in the cooking process

I ran out of wild rice that day and used brown rice instead of forbidden black rice. There is a difference. (Later I replaced it with black rice). Plastic bags kept the rice and spices from falling all over the different layers. Powdered spices go into the pot not on the sides of the jar. I like to purée half of the soup for a nice texture. This particular load of gold that looks like a striped Bengal tiger has dried tomatoes added ( used my air fryer).
Many people call this soup ~ VEGAN DETOX SOUP for the obvious, healthy reasons.
Le Puy lentils grown in volcanic soil in Le Puy, France, add a special flavour. Don’t miss out on it.
TIP: If you don’t want to use canned coconut milk, you can now buy coconut powder. Same exquisite flavour!

5 bean soup-in-a-jar

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 quart (32 ounce) jar with lid
Printable label/gift tag (scroll down for the free printable!)
1 cup dried kidney beans
1 cup dried white beans
1 cup dried black beans
1 cup dried pinto beans
1 cup dried split peas
1 teaspoon dried onion powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1-2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons Sea salt
1 bay leaf
1 CAN (14OZ) diced tomatoes (when ready to cook the soup)
Layer 1/2 to ¾ cup pinto beans in jars; shake gently to level beans. Repeat with ¾ cup of peas, northern beans, black beans and red beans. Set jars aside. (You may need 2-3 jars.- depends on the size)
Combine pepper, paprika, dry mustard, dried onion powder, salt, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary and basil in a small bowl.
Place 3 T of spice mix in a snack-size ziploc bag. Add 2 bay leaves and 1 bouillon cube. Gently shake contents to one side of bag and close. Fold bag around spices and place in top of each jar.
Place lids on jars, sealing tightly. Tie with ribbon and attach printable gift tag with instructions..

Remove spice packet
rinse bean and place in a pot with water 1 inch above the beans
Bring to a boil and boil for one minute
Remove from heat and soak the beans for one hour
Drain and rinse beans then add beans to the pot with spices, diced tomatoes and 6 cups of water
Bring to a boil then reduce heat this is when you add salt) and simmer until beans are tender (1 1/2 to 2 hours) and soup is thick
Refrigerator leftovers up to 5 days

Print your LABELS “5 Bean Vegetarian Soup” : download label -instructions HERE

Italian Barley soup-in-a-jar

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 cup pearled barley
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (dehydrated, not packed in oil)
1 tablespoon dried chopped onions
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 veggie bouillon cube
Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water (omit the bouillon if using stock) and one 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 20 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan. Season to taste.

<–Left Italian Barley Soup with sun dried tomatoes

BONUS ~ Fast and Easy!

I grew up on pea soup. Buying a huge bag of dry split peas can be daunting. It usually stays on my shelf in the pantry a bit too long. A simply mason jar filled with measured dry split peas with spices already added is eye appealing! Life is now easier!

SPLIT PEA soup-in-a-jar!

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups split green peas
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon dried chopped onions or onion powder
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1-2 tsp. thyme
1-2 bay leaf
1 chicken bouillon cube( unless you use stock instead of water – use Knorr)
Remove wrapper from bouillon cube and add it, plus all remaining ingredients, plus four cups of water (or stock) to a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 30 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Stir in one cup of chopped ham (optional) before serving. Season to taste.

Garnish: Fresh mint. chives, fresh peas, an asparagus stalk is a good addition. While cooking, pop in fresh or frozen broccoli. It pairs well with pea soup. A dollop of yogurt is refreshing and eye appealing.

Burn Belly Fat

Top seven foods to remove belly fat. #1 is BEANS. Try our 5 BEAN SOUP IN-A-JAR. More belly fat burning vegetables: click this link –> Burn belly fat. Dehydrated fruits like blueberries and apricots is another healthy soup. Make fruit soup. –> Finland’s blueberry soup. (This recipe -No need to add sugar. Mom never did.) Finland’s blueberry soup retails $30-40 online (for a 220 gm. pouch). Make your own! (use wild blueberries ONLY not canned). I grew up eating this soup. Hot or cold! Yum!


Layer all ingredients in a clean, glass (pint size) jar in a colorful order. Bay leaf or whole peppers on the top layer. Tightly close the lid, add a tag, and place on the shelf for up to 12 months.. Friends, college students and just about everyone will be beaming when you gift your dry soup to them. Hot soup on a cold, winter day is like a warm hug!

How To Dehydrate Vegetables

Dried veggies is a brilliant addition to your soup. See Link–> Best Veggies To Dehydrate Fresh herbs can easily be dried. Some vegetables, including eggplant, squash, and green beans, should be blanched before drying.
–> Dehydrate carrots : Preheat your oven to 170 degrees F, or the lowest temperature setting. On your baking sheets, lined with parchment paper, arrange your prepared produce. Separate the items so they don’t touch. Then, transfer the baking sheets to the oven to let the produce dry, flipping the pieces occasionally throughout the process. Check periodically for doneness. Most dried veggies required soaking the veggies for 15 minutes in hot water before adding to the soup. (You can add this ‘soaking’ water fight in your soup).

Dehydrated Vegetables ~Healthy Additions


IF YOU WANT A TEX-MEX SOUP (add to the 5 bean soup) Add 1–> 4 ounce can Green chilli. 1/2 tsp. cumin and 1 1/2 tsp. chilli powder, a dash of hot chilli flakes. If you have fresh bell pepper around add that to the cooking of the beans. For the pea soup I always add thyme – ( my own recipe ) when I made fresh soup. No difference with jarred soup.

There is even a 15 bean soup. The possibilities are endless.

Sweet Potato Soufflé

This healthier version of the original version of sweet potato pie. No crust and no sugar. And it tastes wonderful! Friends and family still say,

..this is the best sweet potato soufflè I have ever had!

Long ago, I was invited to classmates dinner during a crisp autumn weekend. I decided to bring a sweet potato cassarole with marshmallows. This was the first time I made this thanksgiving classic. I watched mom make lanttulaatikko at Christmas and substituted sweet potatoes for the rutabaga. She did not use a recipe and we didn’t have internet in those days. As I arrived, the host did not know what I brought. Too much studying. However, it was all gone. I kept my wheelhouse of spices when I made the sweet potato soufflè . I have never added sugar or syrup to this dish because mom never did. Subsequently I did not add any sweetener. Frankly, I never understand the addition of extra sugar to this delicious soufflè . I knew from basic chemistry that oven baking turns the sweet potato even sweeter.

Recipe ❤️

Sweet Potato Soufflè - Mildly Spicy

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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5 tablespoon salted butter, plus more for soufflé dish(es)
Fine ground rye bread crumbs -enough to coat the baking dish(es)
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes
3-4 large eggs, separated, and at room temperature
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. chili pepper
1 tbsp. lemon zest (one lemon)
3-5 cardamon pods – ground (optional)
A pinch of turmeric (optional)
A pinch of cumin (optional)
1/4 tsp cream of tartar (for egg whites- stabilizer)
A pinch of salt (for egg whites)


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.(Prep dish as oven is heating) Butter a 1-quart soufflé dish -or ramekins- and coat inside with butter, followed by fine bread crumbs, tilting and turning dish to coat sides completely.
Prepare Sweet Potato
2. Microwave sweet potatoes by puncturing with a fork in several places & wrapping in a moist paper towel set at high for 5 minutes. Check if done by poking with a fork. Flip the potatoes over and continue to microwave for another 2-3 minutes. minutes. The moist paper towel allows for fast peeling.
Purée Sweet Potatoes
3. Cool potatoes to room temperature, then transfer to a food processor or blender. First, purée fresh chilli peppers. Then add sweet potatoes. Purée until smooth, to yield 1 1/2 up to 2 cups.
4. In the microwave, heat milk (about 20-30 seconds) until hot, but not boiling. Place hot milk in the bowl of an electric mixer and slowly add sweet potato, butter and spices. Blend well. Taste to determine if you need more spice. Then, whisk 4 egg yolks and add to sweet potatoes. Blend well.
Egg Whites
5. Beat 4 egg whites with a pinch of salt + 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar in a very clean chilled bowl (copper bowl -if you have one) until stiff peaks start to form.
6. Fold egg whites into sweet potato mixture; pour into prepared soufflé dish(es). Flatten the top of the dish with a knife and use your finger to follow around the inside rim to create a rounded, high, even puff. Turn oven down to 375F. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until well puffed and browned on top. Serve immediately.

Egg Whites: Fix

The most crucial step in all soufflès are the egg whites. Whisk egg whites until foamy and just turning to a peak. Some chefs add cream of tartar ( in lieu of sugar or plus sugar) to prevent the egg whites from collapsing. Over whisking egg whites will result in dryness and breaking of the soufflè. If your souffle does not rise a lot do not worry. It will taste great. If you like this dish, you can achieve great heights the next time you make it! 🙂

Vegan Version

  • Olive oil instead of butter
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk instead of regular milk
  • Leave the skin on because it’s full of nutrients
  • Add a little bit of turmeric to balance blood sugar. [ you can not taste it in the pie]

Healthy Nutrition

Sweet Potatoes are known to be beneficial to individuals with type 2 diabetes due to the high levels of magnesium and fiber, which helps in reducing insulin resistance and stabilizes blood sugar.

Sweet potatoes have a large level of carbohydrates. But, they generally have a low glycemic index: of 61.


To the base: add grated ginger, garlic, apples, pineapple, cranberries, currents, cheese or white potato. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Add au juice: hot cinnamon/apple/cranberry juice to the table.

<– This souffle is broken. As the famous Julia Child would say, “No one will know.

Orange Sweet Potato (most common), Red Jamaican (white inside) and Japanese Sweet Potato (All red)

Coffee Soufflé ☕ by Julia Child

You may guess I am a big fan of Julia Child. Julia Child’s coffee soufflé directions are standard and apply to the sweet potato soufflé . Good Baking Tips!